The Internet refers to a large computer network that links together other, smaller computer networks. It includes a variety of networks that follow different protocols.
The Internet refers to a global network of information that is transmitted to billions of computers and devices. These networks are operated from various entities, such as education, government and businesses that follow specific protocols.
The Internet was first developed in 1962, but it wasn't until a few decades later when it became widespread and was adopted among a variety of everyday users. With the accessibility to electronics becoming easier, it makes the Internet available to a wider population. It's estimated that in 2014, about 40 percent of the world's population had Internet access.